BERKELEY, Calif. – Seattle U men’s basketball closed out 2018 and non-conference play with a huge 82-73 win at Pac-12 member California Saturday night at Haas Pavilion in Berkeley.
The Redhawks improve to 12-3 overall, their best start to a year in more than 50 years, and 2-2 in games against the Pac-12 this year. The Golden Bears fall to 5-7 overall.
"This was a great team win," said Head Coach Jim Hayford. "We showed a lot of grit and hung in there for all 40 minutes. Morgan did a great job of leading and was spectacular from the free-throw line. And (Cal) had no answer for Myles who had a great game. We're really excited to get a road win to close out non-conference play."
After Cal scored the game’s opening basket, the Redhawks took over, using a 21-2 run over eight minutes to lead 21-4 with 11:45 to play in the first. Paced by Myles Carter and Morgan Means, Seattle U went 9-12 during the stretch, while holding the Golden Bears to just 2-9 from the field. As the Redhawks built their lead, they held Cal scoreless for nearly five minutes. The Bears would finally snap the stretch with a pair of free throws at the 11:30 mark.
A 4-0 Seattle U spurt opened up the largest lead of the game, 29-11, with 7:36 to go on the first. Cal would whittle the spread down to nine, 40-31, on a Justice Sueing layup with 59 seconds remaining. Neither team would score again in the period as the Redhawks went into the locker room with the lead for the 12th time this season.
It would be all Cal early in the second as the home team used back-to-back buckets to trim the spread down to five, 40-35 one minute in.
A 6-0 Cal run capped by an Austin Paris layup at the 12:44 mark gave the home team its first lead since scoring the game’s first basket 34 seconds into play. But it would be short lived as Terrell Brown scored on a layup, Means sank two free throws and Carter knocked down a jumper to open back up a 56-51 Redhawk advantage.
A Delante Jones three made it 59-53 with just under five minutes to play and four straight points from Carter began an 8-1 run that pushed the Redhawk lead back into double-figures with 2:18 to play. The Redhawks would then go 15-18 from the charity stripe in the final 1:36 to seal the road win.
Carter led all scorers with a career-high 26 points. The big man added 13 rebounds for his sixth double-double of the season. Means finished with 24 points, including a perfect 16-16 from the free-throw line. Jones added 16 points and Brown chipped in 10.
Cal was paced by Paris’ 20 points. Darius McNeill added 19 and Sueing had 15.
The Redhawks improved to a perfect 12-0 when leading at the half. They are also 12-0 in games where they have won the battle on the boards, finishing with a 38-30 edge.
Western Athletic Conference play is on deck as the New Year begins with a three-game road swing. Conference play begins Thursday, Jan. 3 at CSU Bakersfield. Tip off from the Icardo Center in Bakersfield, Calif., is scheduled for 7 p.m. The game will be carried on ESPN3.